Tech Look Ahead: Tesla Motor's 'Model S'

Melissa Block looks ahead to the week's tech news with Steve Henn. They cover Friday's launch of Tesla Motors' latest all-electric car — the Model S.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block, hosting this week from Culver City, California. And it's time now for All Tech Considered.

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BLOCK: First up, the week ahead in tech news. And one story we're watching comes from Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors. On Friday, it'll launch a new, all-electric sedan. It's called the Model S, though NPR tech correspondent Steve Henn calls it something else.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Totally kick-butt Roadster sports car.

BLOCK: And behind that high praise is some simple math.

HENN: I got a chance to drive one, and it goes zero to 60 in like 4.1 seconds.

BLOCK: And Steve says the company has already pre-sold about 10,000 of these sedans.

HENN: So Tesla's actually on the verge of becoming a real car company that makes more than, you know, model toy cars for the very rich.

BLOCK: Now they make model toy cars for the moderately rich too. The Model S will still set you back about $50,000, though that's a lot less than the six-figure Tesla Roadster. And that's our quick look ahead to this week's tech news with NPR's Steve Henn.

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